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Ethiopia condemns ‘heinous violence’ in South Africa

South Africans have taken to the streets in some neighbourhoods of Johannesburg

Ethiopia is the latest African country to criticise the recent attacks in South Africa in which foreigners have been targeted.

In a statement on Facebook, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it condemned “the heinous act of violence perpetrated against foreigners including our citizens in South Africa”.

The trouble began on Sunday night in the commercial capital Johannesburg where mainly foreign-owned shops were torched and looted.

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Five people have died in the violence, but police have not given details of their nationalities.

In the statement, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosas’s denunciation of the violence.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji told the BBC that South Africa must bring to the violence to a halt.

On Wednesday morning, in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, people protesting against the attacks raided a South African-owned supermarket.

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The country’s football association, Faz, has cancelled a friendly match against South Africa scheduled to take place on Saturday Lusaka as a protest over the violence.

In Nigeria, on Tuesday, a branch of the South African supermarket Shoprite was vandalised in the Lagos neighbourhood of Lekki, an eyewitness told the BBC.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an envoy to South Africa to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens”.

Source: bbc.com